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Ph.D. Candidate Profile


Trasie Topple

Trasie Topple

MSW, New Mexico Highlands University, 2008
BS, Industrial Design, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1999

Trasie A. Topple is a Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW) and endorsed as an Infant Mental Health Therapist in New Mexico.  Her clinical experience includes in-home therapeutic services and center-based group work for children ages birth to three among monolingual Spanish-speaking immigrant families using evidence-based interventions, such as Child-Parent Psychotherapy, Circle of Security, and Dialectal Behavior Therapy. Recently, she completed a fellowship in the Infant-Parent Mental Health Program at University of Massachusetts Boston under the direction of world-renowned developmental psychologist Dr. Ed Tronick.

In addition to her doctoral work in the field of social work, Topple is pursuing the Quantitative Methods in Family Science (QMFS) Certificate at the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences. She has taught Direct Social Work Practice at the BSW level and has given numerous lectures in BSW and MSW classrooms concerning infant and toddler development. Her research interests include the impact of adverse experiences and trauma on infant and toddler development, protective factors of attachment and caregiving environments for young children, and epigenetic changes in early childhood.

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